"A Little Slice of Turkey" Egypt Off The Beaten Path Tip by al2401

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In the vicinity of the Khan El Khalili bazaar is a house built by a Turkish merchant in 1648. His descendants became sheiks. It has been beautifully resored after being badly damaged by fire, an earthquake in the 1960's and squatters. There are some 200 rooms - family and guest quarters built around a garden. The guest rooms on the ground floor had a marble fountain in the courtyard. The rooms feature hand painted designs on the walls with scriptures from the Koran. The family quarters (and women's rooms) show more Turkish design with hand painted tiles and stained glass above intricately carved wooden window screens. The larger rooms had magnificent domed ceilings - nature's air conditioning.

I can't find the directions but any reputable guide in Cairo will know it.

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  • Updated Aug 6, 2010
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